Cindu Thomas-George, Founder and Principal Trainer
Cindu Thomas-George is the Founder and Principal Trainer of Shakti Diversity and Equity Training. In her role as Principal Trainer, she designs and facilitates professional development experiences that promote inclusion, equity, antiracism, and intercultural competency. As a DEI practitioner, Cindu works passionately to help create inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist organizations for today's increasingly diverse workforce. In her seventeen years of experience, she has developed a mastery of creating and facilitating meaningful and impactful learning experiences that work to empower individuals to become inclusive and culturally competent communicators. Throughout her career, Cindu has acquired the experience, skills, and expertise necessary to facilitate the complex conversations about diversity and inclusion that work to create agents of change and champions of diversity and inclusion.
Furthermore, Cindu is a tenured professor of Communication Studies at the College of Lake County specializing in Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, and Online learning. Cindu is an award winning educator, receiving the the 2017 NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, a national recognition of excellence in education. In addition to her role as an educator, Cindu co-founded the Diversity and Equity Infusion Project (DEIP) where she conceptualizes, designs, and facilitates workshops and learning opportunities that encourage college employees to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming learning environment in order to better serve today’s diverse student population.
Cindu brings the expertise and experiences of her seventeen year multifaceted career of working as an Educator and DEI practitioner to her role as Principal Trainer. As the Principal Trainer, she designs and facilitates impactful professional development experiences that prepare employees to work towards cultivating a culture of inclusion and belonging for today’s increasingly diverse and globalized workplace. Cindu's expertise in Intercultural Communication, DEI, and anti-racism allows her to bridge the gap between traditional DEI and Intercultural Competency training, offering her clients awareness building and skill building strategies that help foster inclusion and develop intercultural competence at all levels within an organization.
Cindu began her career as an adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco. She holds an M.A. in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University where she learned the art of teaching, public speaking, and the importance and relevance that diversity and social justice education has in our world. It was her own lived experiences of being the daughter of Indian immigrants and navigating her role in Higher Education as a woman of color that drew her to a career committed to driving inclusion, equity, and anti-racism forward. Cindu currently resides in Chicago, IL with her husband and children.